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Dressing Up and Carving Pumpkins

The costumes. The pumpkins. The scary movies. All of these things make up an American tradition called Halloween. Our children dress up like Buzz Lightyear and Barbie, while the rest of us carve pumpkins and shut out the lights to watch the latest horror film we ordered from Netflix. Even though no one gets off work and the government doesn't endorse Halloween as a national holiday, everyone has plans and everyone wants to get in on the fun.

Sadly, this is also a time when experts say that kids are more likely to get hurt than on any other day of the year. By one estimation, young children are four times more likely to be hit by a car if they wear a dark costume and walk across the road without an adult. Then there are those flammable costumes that easily catch fire from a simple brush against the forgotten candle in a busy room. And lest we forget the most common Halloween injury: pumpkin carving with a dull or even sharp blade.

Based on a study in the Journal of Pediatrics, no other day produces more ER visits for children ages 5 to 14. All the more reason to keep a careful eye out for a girl whose princess costume is twirling near an open flame or a boy whose batman costume puts him at risk of being unexpectedly hit by a driver who can't see his figure at night. If you choose to let your child help you carve this year's pumpkin, don't let your home become a bloody horror scene (yes, that was a Halloween pun). Watch out for those little ones who don't always know the safest way to enjoy a holiday.

This month, the Brace Shop wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Carve those pumpkins. Snuggle up with a loved one in the dark. And fill up on a little extra candy. Oh, and it goes without saying... have a little fun this year.

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